The best age for a nose job depends heavily on a number of personal factors, so it’s impossible to say with certainty when is right for your nose job. However, rhinoplasty patients tend to be younger than patients for other plastic surgeries: nearly half of all patients have rhinoplasty in their teens or twenties. This is true for two reasons. First, the nose reaches maturity at a younger age than other parts of the face and body, so rhinoplasty is generally permitted by the time you reach age 16, with your parent’s consent. Second, rhinoplasty corrects a congenital condition, not a consequence of aging.
But that doesn’t mean that you should have your rhinoplasty before age 30. There are many factors to take into account.
- Will you grow into it? Because the nose matures so early, it can look especially large on your face in your late teens and early 20s. Look at pictures of your parents, aunts, and uncles when they were your age. Then look at them today. If you might grow into your nose later, it might be better to wait.
- Are you ready for surgery? Getting rhinoplasty done right requires a lot of research to understand the realistic expectations and possible risks for the procedure as well as to find the right board certified plastic surgeon for you. If you’re not prepared to do that research now, it may not be the best time for your rhinoplasty.
- Are you acting and not re-acting? Sometimes people respond to a traumatic event, like the end of a long-term relationship, by running out to get surgery when unprepared. If you are responding to an event like this, especially if you are driven by the hurtful things people say at this time, perhaps you should wait a few months and revisit the decision.
- Is your nose really the problem? Recent research shows that about a third of all rhinoplasty patients have some degree of body dysmorphic disorder, where they are unable to see themselves realistically. If you suffer from a psychological condition like this one, a rhinoplasty may not be able to help.
- Can you afford rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty is not as expensive as a new car, and it is likely to last you a lot longer, but it is still a significant financial investment. Our rhinoplasty financing options mean you don’t have to be able to afford the entire cost of the procedure up-front, but you should have a steady source of income that will allow you to make monthly payments.
If you have considered all those factors and think now might be the right time for your rhinoplasty, please contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso in Tampa Bay.